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I received this in my inbox today: That’s how State Rep. Pocan characterized the $36.7 million in special favors that Assembly Democrats added to the state budget last week. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, some of these “non-substantial” expenditures include:
• $5 million in bonds for the Bradley Center
• $46,000 to purchase recycling bins for a town
• $500,000 to renovate an opera house
• $50,000 for a shooting range
• $250,000 for the Madison Children’s Museum
• $500,000 to fund the Aldo Leopold Climate Change Laboratory
• $400,000 for Native American Tourism
• $110,000 for the Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools This “Walker Weekly” email points out pork-barrel projects the Wisconsin Democrats are engaging in. The last one involves money for the Gay Straight Alliance. I am strongly opposed to this unnecessary spending, and I have my own problems with GSA that I won’t get into right now, but their are many other projects that could have been pointed out.
The strategy behind this is obvious. The Walker campaign is playing on anti-gay sentiment to score political points. They should have some dignity and not beat up on homosexuals to score votes.
You don’t mess with the USS John McCain.
The U.S. military is planning to intercept a flagged North Korean ship suspected of proliferating weapons material in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution passed last Friday, FOX News has learned.
The USS John McCain, a navy destroyer, will intercept the ship Kang Nam as soon as it leaves the vicinity off the coast of China, according to a senior U.S. defense official. The order to inderdict has not been given yet, but the ship is getting into position.
The North Koreans are able to keep embarassing us and getting p.r. victories. The upcoming missile test over Hawaii on July 4th will let them analyze and improve. We cant let them have such an opportunity. Intercept the ship, shoot down the missile.
I need to apologize to my readers for the long period without any posts. I’ve been busy working on a few things, both personal and related to college – including an attempt to form a new College Republicans chapter. As soon as I’ve gotten things sorted out, I’ll post an update on this site – it could be that new commitments will bring an end to this site, or that extra time will allow further development of the Act Blog. I’ll let you know as soon as I do.
If John Roberts had been found to have said, prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court, that he believed white males possessed any kind of superior intellect or judicial abilities, he would rightfully have been run out of town as both a racist and a sexist. Yet when Sonia Sotomayor is revealed to have previously made statements that “A wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life”, clearly indicating a belief that women and minorities are superior in the legal field. This is unacceptable.
But there is an inherent flaw in her view – a “wise Latina woman” is no more able to put herself in the position of others than is a white man or woman of similar judicial ability. A Latina is no more able to know or understand the experiences of a white man than the opposite – and, in any case, justice is supposed to be blind; decisions are to be based on the written letter of the law – not the personal experiences of the judges involved in the case. Justice can hardly be applied equally when cases are determined by the life experiences of the presiding judges.
“Racist” is not a term to be used lightly or without a full understanding of its meaning, yet when someone states a belief in the inherent superiority of “Latina women”, that is a racist statement – and neither racists nor sexists belong on the Supreme Court.
North Korea has a long history of ignoring the global community and making dangerous and hostile moves that threaten to engulf East Asia in military conflict. In 2006, the Communist Nation tested a Taepodong missile over the objections of the global community. Last year, the attempted to detonate a nuclear device underground, though the results were questionable. Just since President Obama took office, they have tested more missiles, and successfully detonated a nuclear weapon equal in size to the Hiroshima bomb which killed more than 70,000 people.
Combined, these tests threaten the security of the United States – it is now clear that North Korea has nuclear weapons, and that they are quickly developing the technology (through improvements to their Taepodong missiles) to deliver such weapons to distant locations – presumably including the United States. These facts demand that the United States eliminate the North Korean threat before it can be used to further blackmail the developed world.
Thus far, Dimplomacy has failed. Only through what amount to bribes has the international community been able to delay – and just delay – further development. This is unacceptable. Continued appeasement of the North Korean regime will only further damage our credibility and will, in the end, still lead to a Korean nuke that can be delivered at will.
While, at this point, military action is clearly justified, there are good reasons to avoid yet another military conflict on the Asian continent. It may still be possible to avoid such conflict, but in order to do so, the US must move beyond North Korea and the United Nations and put direct, significant pressure on China to solve the problem before we do. As Gordan Chang points out on Forbes.com, China holds enough leverege in North Korea to put to rest any crisis that develops:
Today, China supplies about 90% of North Korea’s oil, 80% of its consumer goods and 45% of its food. Beijing is Pyongyang’s only formal military ally and its primary backer in the United Nations Security Council and other diplomatic forums. If it weren’t for the Chinese, there would be no North Korean missile program, no North Korean nuclear program and no North Korea.
Knowing the power China holds in this situation, and their need for continued good relations with the United States (on whom they are just as dependent as the reverse), President Obama must issue an ultimatum to the Chinese government, making it clear that we view our national security to be at risk, that we will take action to end the Korean threat if China does not, and that we will view attempts to restrict any efforts to block such action as hostile acts. It goes without saying that we must also be willing to back up that ultimatum with action if China is unwilling or unable to prevent further development of the North Korean threat. That must include, but not be limited to, airstrikes and limited ground incursions to eliminate missile pads, and, if possible, nuclear weapons development.
Clearly a victory for Democracy and American values – we’ll have to see if further action is taken to invalidate the existing marraiges.